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Conflict Studies

Conflict studies is an interdisciplinary field that examines conflict from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives.

Because of the ubiquity and significance of conflict in human affairs, the study of the causes, processes and resolution of conflict is increasingly claiming a central place in how we understand and engage the world. Majors apply a wide array of theoretical lenses (e.g., Social Psychology, Gender, Critical Security, Post-Colonial) to the exploration of conflict at all levels (intra-personal to international), conflict-types (e.g., interest, value, structural) and substantive issues (e.g., contemporary armed conflict, human rights, environment, labor- management, globalization, culture, interfaith). More than 15 departments offer courses that qualify for Conflict Studies credit. Courses allow self-directed students to consider the practical dynamics of pre- venting, managing, resolving and/ or transforming conflict. Through the theoretically informed analysis of in-depth case studies, students develop the analytical and reasoning skills necessary to make structural and relational change possible.

Sample Courses:

Topics in Conflict Studies; Alternative Dispute Resolution; Senior Seminar: The Study and Analysis of Conflict, Intercultural Conflict, God at Peace and War, Advanced Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Introduction to Conflict Studies

 

Senior Seminar Presentations

Student Protest Involvement

DePauw students attend anti-war protest in Washington, DC.


DePauw Students at Amnesty International Conference